Estimates variance based on a sample. In addition to numbers, text and logical values such as TRUE and FALSE are included in the calculation.

Syntax

VARA(value1,value2,...)

Value1,value2,...     are 1 to 30 value arguments corresponding to a sample of a population.

Remarks

  • VARA assumes that its arguments are a sample of the population. If your data represents the entire population, you must compute the variance using VARPA.

  • Arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as 0 (zero). If the calculation must not include text or logical values, use the VAR function instead.

  • VARA uses the following formula:

    Formula

Example

Suppose 10 tools stamped from the same machine during a production run are collected as a random sample and measured for breaking strength.

St1

St2

St3

St4

St5

St6

St7

St8

St9

St10

Formula

Description (Result)

1345

1301

1368

1322

1310

1370

1318

1350

1303

1299

=VARA([St1], [St2], [St3], [St4], [St5], [St6], [St7], [St8], [St9], [St10])

Estimates the variance for the breaking strength (754.2666667)

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